Texas Matters

Fridays at 12:30 p.m. & Sundays at 9:30 p.m.

Texas is a big state with a growing, diverse population and as the population grows, the issues and challenges facing its residents multiply. "Texas Matters" is a statewide news program that spends half an hour each week looking at the issues and culture of Texas.

"Texas Matters" is hosted by David Martin Davies, who talks with policymakers and newsmakers to help shed light on issues often overlooked by other media outlets.

David Martin Davies:

Davies is the host of "The Source" and a veteran journalist with more than 25 years of experience covering Texas, the border and Mexico. He is a regular contributor to NPR and American Public Media's "Marketplace." Davies' work has appeared in "The San Antonio Express-News," "The Texas Observer" and other print publications, as well as KLRN public television’s interview program "Conversations."

Texas Matters is made possible by the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures.

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This week on "Texas Matters," we look at the death penalty.

Texas has executed 553 prisoners since capital punishment resumed in 1976, which is more than any other state. Over 11 years, Michelle Lyons watched 278 men and women take their last breath at the hands of the state.

Lyons joins us to discuss her experiences witnessing executions first as a newspaper reporter and then working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in the book, “Death Row: The Final Minutes.”


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On This episode of "Texas Matters":

  • What makes a successful protest?
  • Civility in the age of viral video and viral hate (21:27).

 


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On This episode of "Texas Matters":

  • The Texas population boom.
  • The shrinking White population (9:00).
  • Wind power is clean, cheap and under attack (20:40).


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On This episode of "Texas Matters":

  • 50 years after CBS's Hunger In America  exposed San Antonio's poverty
  • Senator John Cornyn on border family separations (10:13).
  • San Antonio rallys against border family separations (11:22).
  • How the Texas Border is the most over policed area in the nation (15:27).
  • A daughter remembers her father's office on the border (24:01).


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